Zaha posted a series of screenshots of the alleged racist abuse sent to him on social media, with the Ivory Coast international writing on Twitter: “Woke up to this today.”
West Midlands Police issued a statement after Palace’s 2-0 defeat at Villa Park that an arrest had been made.
It read: “We were alerted to a series of racist messages sent to a footballer today and after looking into them and conducting checks, we have arrested a boy.
“The 12-year-old from #Solihull has been taken to custody.
“Thanks to everyone who raised it. Racism won’t be tolerated.”
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“I think it is being highlighted very much anyway with the black lives matter movement, and everyone seems to be making such an effort to eradicate this type of behaviour.
“It is very saddening on the day of a game that a player wakes up to this cowardly and despicable abuse.
“I think it is right that Wilf made people aware of it; I don’t think it is something he should keep quiet about.
“I think it is very good that our club, Aston Villa and the Premier League are doing everything they can to find out who this despicable individual is and one can only hope that they will get identified and they will get called to account and they will pay for these actions.
“There is literally no excuse; there is no excuse at all.”
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